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Fact Sheets

Want to Know More About Riparian Areas?
View the Fact Sheets on Specific Topics listed below:

NEW!  A Pond of Gold.  Storing Water Naturally. 

Many people believe that water will be the new gold of the future. As the reality of climate change becomes ever more apparent, we will need to catch and store water more effectively. We’ve given water lots of advice, in the form of expensive dams and big reservoirs but is that always the best solution? Likely not. Have we overlooked a natural ally in our efforts to conserve and manage water? Yes, consider the beaver!

NEW! Beaver Fact Sheet
" An Overview of Beaver Management for Agricultural Producers - Decision Matrix Tool" NEW!

Biodiversity and Riparian Areas
This 4-page fact sheet includes: What is biodiversity and why is it important? How do riparian areas fit into biodiversity? How do our actions influence biodiversity?

Lakes and Wetlands
This 4-page fact sheet explains why healthy lakes and wetlands are important. (for more information on lakes and shorelines see Caring For Shoreline Properties, produced by the Alberta Conservation Association)

Crops, Creeks and Sloughs
This 4-page fact sheet explains the links between crops and healthy riparian areas.


Water Quality and Riparian Areas

How do riparian areas improve water quality? What are the benefits of improved water quality? How can you promote healthy riparian areas? A brief, but useful fact sheet to address these questions.

Value of Wetlands
Find out how wetlands can provide more local precipitation, reduce the damaging affects of floods, improve water quality and recharge groundwater supplies in this information packed 4-page fact sheet. After reading this you'll realize that wetlands aren't just for ducks and frogs.

Looking at my Streambank   NEW!
A simple riparian health checklist that quickly identifies how healthy the riparian area along your river, creek or stream is. Can be used as a first step when looking at riparian health, prior to a more in-depth riparian health assessment.

Looking at my Lakeshore  NEW!
A simple riparian health checklist that quickly identifies how healthy your lakeshore or wetland is. Can be used as a first step when looking at riparian health, prior to a more in-depth riparian health assessment.

Growing Restoration - Natural Fixes to Fortify Streambanks  (en français)
For streambanks and shorelines that are experiencing accelerated erosion, returning those banks to natural vegetation is generally the best approach. This fact sheet introduces readers to the concept of soil bioengineering, using live woody vegetation that will ‘sprout and grow’. Once the cause of the vegetation loss has been addressed, these techniques may be used to restore eroding banks, knitting banks together and reducing further loss.

Protecting Shorelines & Streambanks - Naturally!  (en français)
In the tension between land and water, water always wins. Healthy, well vegetated riparian areas slow the rate of erosion and balance erosion in one spot with bank or shoreline increases through deposition elsewhere. It is extremely difficult to solve erosion problems overnight but once the threat of erosion becomes obvious we tend to want a quick fix. Regaining streambank and shoreline stability may require the temporary use of erosion control structures, especially where insufficient riparian vegetation exists. Solutions may also require a watershed view to see all of the things that contribute to instability.

Riparian Health Assessment and Inventory (en francais)
Wondering how to measure the health of your riparian area? This 4-page fact sheet will give you some ideas on why you may want to look at the health of your riparian area, and how you can use the information to make management decisions. It also describes the differences between riparian health assessment and inventory, the benefits of both, and how Cows and Fish can help.

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Want to Know More About Cows and Fish and How we Work with Communities?
View These Fact Sheets on Specific Topics: 

Cows and Fish Brochure

Facing The Issues
A 2-page summary of the role Cows and Fish plays in riparian management, and where our emphasis lies in terms of program goals.

The Cows and Fish Process
A fact sheet on the strategy to create successful partnerships with producers and their communities to effectively address riparian land issues. This community-driven approach may be useful for your group or agency to consider.

Getting Past the Talk: Working with Communities
A fact sheet on the Cows and Fish Process in action; sharing our experiences working with communities.

Demonstration Sites and Profile and Reference Sites
Demonstration, profile and reference sites are cost effective methods of displaying and testing riparian management options using local producers. Other producers and community members are given the opportunity to educate themselves about riparian management options as well as to discuss and evaluate the benefits and applicability to their region by touching, seeing and examining the site. Demonstration, profile and reference sites are valuable and practical tools for producers and communities. Learn how to select effective demonstration, profile and reference sites.

To obtain printed copies of these publications, please use our Online Order Form.


Note:  Additional fact sheets can be found under Riparian Health Assessment and Community and Producer Stories pages as well. 

 
 
 
 
   
 
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